Can Store Owners Be Liable For Violent Crime on Their Properties?
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville at Banville Law represents victims of store stabbings and shootings and their families in civil lawsuits. Mr. Banville has shared his thoughts on the legal options available to these victims.
“It is crucial to understand that all owners of commercial properties have a legal duty to keep their patrons and employees safe while on their premises. Legally, property owners are responsible for preventing any reasonably foreseeable violent crime from happening on their property. Therefore, they must provide adequate security such as hiring security guards or installing security cameras. If a property owner fails to provide adequate security and someone is injured or killed due to their negligent security, then the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the owner”, explained Mr. Banville.
He went on to describe that the crime must also be considered reasonably foreseeable for the property owner to be held responsible. “A crime may be deemed reasonably foreseeable if a store or the surrounding area had a prior history of violent crime and no security improvements were established. For example, if a reasonably foreseeable shooting occurs due to negligent security at a store with a history of criminal violence, then the store owner may be held liable”, stated Mr. Banville.
If you or a loved has been a victim of a store shooting you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced stabbing crime victim attorney.
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